Michael Douglas blames oral sex for his throat cancer

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Over the weekend, U.K. paper The Guardian published an interview with Michael Douglas where he discussed his 2010 throat cancer diagnosis. Responding to a question about whether he regretted his years of smoking and drinking, he replied, "No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus]

, which actually comes about from cunnilingus.” He continued, “I did worry if the stress caused by my son’s incarceration didn’t help trigger it. But yeah, it’s a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer. And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it.”

To no one’s surprise, Douglas’ remarks took off all over the Internet. The Guardian published a follow-up piece discussing the potential scientific truth behind the comments and concluded, “Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much research evidence to back up Douglas’ claim that the cure for throat cancer is still more cunnilingus.”

A rep for the actor, 68, did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment, but his rep told USA Today, “Michael Douglas did not say cunnilingus was the cause of his cancer. It was discussed that oral sex is a suspected cause of certain oral cancers as doctor’s in the article point out but he did not say it was the specific cause of his personal cancer.”

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